1996-97 Season: Underclassmen in NBA Draft

Updated August 28, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Twenty five Division I players (19 juniors, five sophomores and one freshmen), six junior college players, five Division II juniors, one NAIA player, one high school senior, one player from the Atlantic Basketball Association and one player from overseas forfeited the remainder of their college eligibility and declared for the 1997 NBA Draft which took place in Charlotte, N.C. on June 25.

Players are listed in alphabetical order; first round selections in bold type.

ClDrafted byOverall
Gracen Averil, Texas TechJr.Not drafted
Tony Battie, Texas TechJr.Denver5
Chauncey Billups, ColoradoSo.Boston3
Carl Blanton, SouthernSo.Not drafted
Mark Blount, PittsburghSo.Seattle55
C.J. Bruton, Indian Hills (Ia.) CCSo.Vancouver53
Dan Buie, Washburn (Kan.)Jr.Not drafted
Keith Closs, C. Conn. St./ABAABANot drafted
James Cotton, Long Beach St.Jr.Denver33
Tony Doyle, ColumbiaJr.Not drafted
Ian Folmar, Slippery RockJr.Not drafted
Danny Forston, CincinnatiJr.Milwaukee10
Adonal Foyle, ColgateJr.Golden St.8
Darryl Hardy, Winston-SalemJr.Not drafted
Antjonne Holmes, C. Baptist JCJr.Not drafted
Troy Hudson, S. IllinoisJr.Not drafted
Marc Jackson, TempleJr.Golden St.38
Stephen Jackson, Butler CCFr.Phoenix43
Ed Jenkins, Sullivan (Ky.)Jr.Not drafted
Marcus Johnson, Long Beach St.Jr.Not drafted
Damon Jones, HoustonJr.Not drafted
Nate Langley, George MasonJr.Not drafted
Keith Love, Domican Univ.Jr.Not drafted
Gordon Malone, W. VirginiaJr.Minnesota44
Amere May, ShawFr.Not drafted
Elgie McCoy, KutztownJr.Not drafted
Tracy McGrady, Mt. Zion (N.C.)HSToronto9
Ron Mercer, KentuckySo.Boston6
Marco Milic, SloveniaNAPhiladelphia34
Victor Page, GeorgetownSo.Not drafted
Shawn Ritzie, Norwalk CCSo.Not drafted
Eddie Robinson, Brown Mackie JCSo.Not drafted
Paul Rogers, GonzagaJr.LA Lakers54
Bryon Ruffner, BYUJr.Not drafted
Olivier Saint-Jean, San Jose St.Jr.Sacramento11
Mark Sanford, WashingtonJr.Miami31
God Shammgod, ProvidenceSo.Washington46
Maurice Taylor, MichiganJr.LA Clippers14
Tim Thomas, VillanovaFr.New Jersey7
Mark Young, Kansas St.Jr.Not drafted
Note: Cory Carr of Texas Tech, Ronnie Fields of the Rockford Lightning (CBA), Demetri Papanikolaou of Greece, Larrell Redic of Utah St., Dawood Thomas of California (Pa.), Mirsad Turkcan of Turkey and Luca Victoriano of Argentina declared for the draft then withdrew their names before the June 18 deadline.

NCAA Men's Division I Leaders1996-97 SeasonHigh School Players to enter NBA
1997 NCAA College Basketball Season Overview
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